Novel Fabric Phase Sorptive Extraction (FPSE) Media

An Environmentally-Friendly Approach for Sampling and Sample Preparation of Trace and Ultratrace Analytes from Different Matrices


Florida International University (FIU) is pursuing a business partner interested in developing and commercializing Novel Fabric Phase Sorptive Extraction (FPSE) Media. FIU inventors created a media for sampling and sample preparation for the analysis of trace and ultra-trace level of organic analytes that can be applied to different sample matrices of interest. The media utilizes a sol-gel process to create a hybrid organic-inorganic polymeric network and to anchor the polymeric network onto the surface of flexible substrate materials. The chemically bonded sorbent system offers very high specific surface area, and excellent chemical and high thermal stability. The media has been successfully tested in solvent minimized or solvent-less microextraction conditions for the extraction of trace and ultra-trace levels of organic analytes including highly polar analytes from different sample matrices. Sample preparation with this media is equally compatible with gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and other analytical instruments. Hence, the FPSE provides an improved new generation technique for trace and ultra-trace sample preparation for instrumental analysis.

We are looking for a business partner to further develop and commercialize the Novel FPSE as a viable alternative to commercially available techniques and to exploit its scientific and business potential as a highly sensitive sampling and sample preparation media for trace and ultra-trace analytes from different matrices including biological, environmental, chemical, forensic, toxicological, and pharmaceutical importance.


Sampling and sample preparation of analytes with forensics, toxicological, national security, public health, environmental, food, bio-analytical, clinical and pharmaceutical significance.

  • Allows sampling and sample preparation for trace and ultra-trace level concentration of analytes from different matrices without matrix modification or pre-treatment.
  • Provides the flexibility for sampling, storage, transport and testing in different environments as it can be used in extended form or draped around a surface.
  • Promotes specificity for sampling of various analytes due to availability of a wide range of sorbent chemistries to provide specific interaction(s) toward the target analyte/compound class.
  • Offers part per quadrillion (ppq) level sensitivity for both polar and medium polar analytes.

For additional information about this technology opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Garami at or by phone at 305-348-0008 and ask about record IP 1303.